The Wider AtlanticThe Wider Atlantic blog examines the United States, Germany, and the European Union from a national interest perspective. It takes a wide-angle look at the policies, agreements, and institutions that define the transatlantic relationship and shape the global context in which it operates. While focusing mostly on the “what” of policy, it is also on the lookout for the “how” – the narratives that can advance common U.S.-European interests in an unruly world.
The German elections are just over two weeks away on September 24. Chancellor Angela Merkel is nearly certain to be reelected to a fourth term, so the main unknown surrounds her choice of coalition partner(s). Will it be another grand coalition with the left-of-center Social Democrats (the SPD may wish some time in opposition), two-party …Read More
Energy policy is the geoeconomic tool par excellence. Whether it is the OPEC oil embargoes of the 1970s, the subsequent creation of the International Energy Agency by Western consuming nations, or more recent U.S. and EU efforts to diversify supply and promote renewables, the foreign policy implications of buying and selling oil and gas are …Read More
During Richard Nixon’s historic 1972 visit to China, the U.S. president reportedly asked Premier Zhou Enlai what he thought about the impact of the French Revolution on history, to which the Chinese leader responded “It’s too soon to tell.” Something similar holds for the trade policy conclusions of the July 7-8 G20 summit in Hamburg. …Read More
During the world’s first phase of globalization before World War I, I had a great-grandfather who was a cigarette manufacturer in Czarist Russia. He traveled regularly to Turkey to purchase tobacco leaf, eventually moved with his family to London, spent a year in Bern, Switzerland, for both health and business reasons, and finally lived for …Read More
If it becomes a new White House mantra, a key paragraph that appeared in an op-ed by National Security Advisor H.R. McMaster and National Economic Council chief Gary Cohn in the wake of President Trump’s trip to Europe for the NATO and G7 summits would risk distorting U.S. engagement with the world. Writing on May …Read More
May 29 will mark the 100th anniversary of the birth of John F. Kennedy, the 35th President of the United States. Kennedy may be well known not only to Germans, but more widely in the democratic world for his June 26, 1963, speech where he defied Soviet communism by declaring “Ich bin ein Berliner.” But …Read More
There is an old story about the serious French thinker who, when presented with a common-sense solution to a problem, will find fault by retorting that the idea “works in practice but not in theory.” And there is some truth to the notion that in the land of Descartes, logical clarity bordering on ideological rigidity …Read More